Sunday, December 24, 2023

Weekend Box-Office: AQUAMAN Sequel Scored $40M Christmas Debut

Weekend Box Office Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom

Christmas weekend isn't generally a great time for big box-office results. Unless we're talking about "Star Wars" movies, "Avatar", or that one "Spider-Man" movie that couldn't find its way home. This year, all releases combined earned less than $100 million. So, not that great. New releases include the last DCEU movie "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom", the Illumination animated flick "Migration", the R-rated romantic comedy "Anyone But You", and the biographical sports drama "The Iron Claw".

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

Warner Bros' superhero movie "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" opened with a lackluster $28.1 over the weekend, and $40 million for the 4-day frame from 3,706 theaters. That's way below the $67.8 million debut of the original "Aquaman" in 2018. The sequel also raked in $80.1 million from overseas markets, which brings its global tally to $120.1 million. The film received a negative reception from critics (36% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a lukewarm reception from moviegoers ("B" CinemaScore).

"Wonka" drops to second place in its sophomore frame, grossing $17.7 million over the weekend. The film dropped 55%, and has now grossed $75.2 million domestically in 10 days. Overseas it adds a solid $171.3 million for a worldwide total of $254.8 million.

Illumination's new animated film "Migration" opened in third place with a modest $12.3 million debut over the 3-day and $17 million for the 4-day from 3,761 theaters. Overseas raked in $21.9 million. The film drew mixed reviews from critics (69% on Rotten Tomatoes), but a solid reception from audiences ("A" CinemScore).

The rom-com "Anyone But You" opened with an unimpressive $6.2 million from 3,055 theaters. THe 4-day is estimated at around $8-9 million. Critics didn't like the movie much (47% on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences seemed to enjoy it ("B+" CinemaScore).

The Top 5 is rounded out by Moksha Movies and Pathyangira Cinemas' three-hour Indian Telugu-language action thriller "Salaar", which opened with $5.4M from 802 theaters.

A24's wrestling drama "The Iron Claw" opened with $5 million from 2,774 theaters for the 3-day and $7.5 million for the 4-day frame. Both critics and audiences love this movie (87% Rotten Tomatoes and "A-" CinemaScore).

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom $28.1M $40M $80.1M $215M
2 Wonka $17.7M $83.5M $171.3M $125M
3 Migration $12.3M $17M $21.9M $72M
4 Anyone But You $6.2M $8.8M N/A $25M
5 Salaar $5.4M $6.3M N/A N/A
6 The Iron Claw $5M $7.5M N/A $15.9M
7 The Boy and the Heron $3.1M $31.2M $89.7M N/A
8 The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes $3.1M $153.6M $162M $100M
9 Godzilla Minus One $2.7M $40.8M $33.8M $15M
10 Poor Things $2.1M $5.9M N/A $35M


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